Aminata Touré is a former Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014), the second woman to serve as Prime Minister of Senegal. She is a politician and Human Rights activist.
Born in Dakar, Senegal in 1962, Aminata Touré holds a PhD in International Business Administration and Finance from the International School of Management ISM in New York and Paris and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Dijon Business School (France). At the early stages of her career, Prime Minister Touré worked in the private sector, as well as with the Senegalese branch of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
Apart from serving as Prime Minister, Dr Touré has held other noteworthy positions, including Minister of Justice (2012-2013), where she focused on anti-corruption campaigns. Further, she was the President’ Special Envoy for Internal and External Affairs (2015-2019) and President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (2019-2020). Prior to her political career in Senegal, Dr Touré worked for over 24 years within the United Nations Organization where she held technical expert positions such as UNFPA Senior Advisor in Burkina Faso (1996-1997), UNFPA Senior advisor in Côte d’Ivoire (1998-2001), and UNFPA Senior Advisor at the UN headquarters in New York (2003-2009). In addition, she was Director of Gender and Human Rights World Department of the United Nations Population Fund in New York from 2009 to 2012.
From 2014 to 2020, Dr Touré led and co-led Presidential election observation missions on behalf of the African Union and The Carter Center in Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Libéria and Guyana. Prime Minister Touré has led more than 30 United Nations publications, and in 2021 authored a book highlighting Africa’s contribution to International Penal Law through the Extraordinary Judiciary Chambers that trialed Hissein Habré, former President of Chad. More recently, Dr. Aminata Touré held the position of Harvard Kennedy School Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project in the academic year 2018-2019.
Her areas of expertise include Gender, Good Governance and Economy. Besides her native language, Wolof, Aminata Touré is fluent in French and English.